How to style three great looks with a knitdress

midlife woman in knit dress with tall boots
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  1. How to get the more wear out of a knitdress
    • Wear it as a long, oversize sweater
    • Style it as a maxi dress
    • Give the illusion of a mixed fabrics attire
    • Other ideas to wear a sweater dress
  2. Top of the World Style linkup No. 244
    • Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav
    • Top of the World OOTD My Fav
    • Top of the World Style Winner
    • Get a free feature – co-host the party

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How to get the more wear out of a knitdress

To get their price worth of wear from any wardrobe additions, think about which new outfits the “potential” piece will bring to your wardrobe. In other words, to save money and buy a workhorse, have at least three looks in mind before handing over your creditcard to the cashier or hitting the buy button.

In the case of dresses, think of them as a potential top or bottom. It’s so yesterdecade to wear your dress just one way and only as a dress. In this post, I use my new knitdress that I wore just as a dress in the post at the link, to illustrate the concept for you and hopefully inspire you to embrace the idea. Who does want to repeat the same look again and again? Here is how to switch thinks up with a knitdress.

Wear it as a long, oversize sweater

The following LOTD shows an example of styling the knit sweaterdress as an oversized long sweater over a mesh dress and leggings. Any seethru skirt or dress may work. Just make sure the leggings pick up the color of the see-thru piece to not look shorter than you actually are. Add a belt that works for your body type for shape. See the post at the link for how to best accessorize with belts.

details of labradorite and pearls belt, mesh slip, sweaterdress

style book author in casual leggings sweater pink and black look
Labradorite and pearls belt, unbranded mesh slip, GNW tights, Salamander shearling booties (all own) and sweaterdress c/o Femme Luxe

Style it as a maxi dress

The following look is inspired by the dropwaist style of last century’s Roaring Twenties. Try a tulle or lace skirt underneath your knitdress. Stay with the color theme for best results. Avoid a too large contrast.

over 50 years old fashion blogger in knit dress over tulle skirt with tall boots

stylist in tulle skirt with knitted top, knee-high boots, belt

Nicole of High Latitude Style in dropped waist skirt, top, belt, tall embelished heels boots
Outfit details: Rebecca Collins belt, DIY brooch, Festina watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Taylor’s Gold’n Stone ice cube quartz earrings, upcycled tall boots (all own), tulle skirt c/o Lookbook Store and knit dress c/o Femme Luxe

Give the illusion of a mixed fabrics attire

Try a slightly longer sheath under the knitdress in a matching color. Choose the color in such a way that it’s believable that they belong to the same piece. Going for a  monochromatic look is the easiest way to create the illusion of a mixed fabrics piece. Another way is to go with the same color family, one piece in a pastel version of the other like in the example below.

style book author in burgundy muted pink mixed fabrics dress look

Alaskan blogger in dress over dress outfit with tall boots, tights, scarf

fashion blogger wearing a mini dress over a sheath
Outfit details: Vince Camuto suede tall boots with golden chains, GNW tights, GNW scarf knotted in a European loop, gemstone statement necklace, Calvin Klein sheath, Hermes collier de chien bangle, DIY bangle with quartz crystal (all own) and knitdress c/o Femme Luxe

Stylist’s tip: Try analogous colors or color blocking.

Interested in more dressing tips? Then my style book “how to Dress for Success in Midlife” is perfect for you. Buy the book now.

Other ideas to wear a sweater dress

Try it with skinnies, leggings or as a mini dress with opaque tights for the weekend.

When you like the outfit, why not pinning it to your Pinterest board?

Top of the World Style linkup No. 244

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Welcome to the 244th Top of the World Style linkup party.

Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav

Martina Berg became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

You clicked Martina Berg’s post the most. She blogs at Lady 50 Plus.

Top of the World OOTD My Fav

Top of the World OOTD My Fav tatiana in sweater, polka dot skirt, tall boots, sweater and faux shearling vest
Tatiana of My Fabulous Fifties became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

I picked Tatiana’s look as my favorite. She blogs at My Faboulous Fifties. Isn’t her all neutral look amazingly interesting? <3

Top of the World Style Winner

Top of the World Style Winner Shelbee in lace dress, pearls, and white booties with stole
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

Shelbee, the blogger at Shelbee on the Edge became the Top of the World Style Winner. She presented a family heirloom.
Congrats Ladies! Grab your award buttons.

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6 thoughts on “How to style three great looks with a knitdress

  1. I love posts like these with multiple options on how to wear one piece. You nailed it! I think that very first look is my fave with the feminine skirt with the pinkish color your top has. Have a great week!

    Carrie

  2. All great tips, Nicole. I especially like the sweater dress as a maxi with the white chiffon skirt–super cute idea!

    xx Darlene

  3. Thankks gal for sharing the styling tips. I never tried wearing my knitdress this way. I am surely doing it now.
    -Vaishali

  4. I really like these layered looks. I wouldn’t have thought of them. I like how you tried different styles under them.

  5. What a beautiful shade of pink and you styled it so nicely! My favorite way is the with the black sheath dress underneath for a layered look and burgundy boots! Those belts on the other two looks are amazing and so unique!
    Thanks for hosting the linkup!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

  6. What a great sweater dress, Nicole! I love the color and there are so many ways to style such a versatile piece. Well done! Also, thanks so much for the feature today! What a honor.

    Shelbee

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